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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Athletes of the Year: Montour's Devin Wilson, Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

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Montour's Devin Wilson and Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough are the 2012-13 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the year.

Devin Wilson

Montour · Senior · football/basketball

Choosing hoops over helmets was a decision Montour's Devin Wilson still celebrates, but his love for both sports remains.

“I think during football season, if I go to some home games down there (at Virginia Tech), I'll probably miss putting on a helmet,” Wilson said.

No one could blame him.

Wilson was among the WPIAL's best football players as a wideout and cornerback. But he's also a talented basketball player with a scholarship to play point guard for the Hokies. A two-sport athlete who has won titles in both, Wilson's continued success as a senior made him the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Male Athlete of the Year.

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 16.7 points while leading Montour to its second WPIAL Class AAA basketball title in three years. Wilson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in this year's championship game victory. With Wilson as their star, the Spartans were state runners-up in 2011 and 2012. In football, he holds WPIAL career receiving records for most catches (220) and yards (3,192).

Have you taken time to reflect on your high school years?

I haven't really sat down and thought about it, but a couple times here and there I'll think about it and just realize that I wouldn't take back any of the last four years. I love every single one of them.

What was your proudest moment?

Winning this year's WPIAL (basketball) championship with all my senior friends. Winning it with teammates who you've been playing with since ninth grade, eighth grade, seventh grade, is more special than anything else.

What was your toughest moment?

Probably the second state title loss. That was tough, just because it was our second time there and we were all confident we could win.

What moment would you like to relive?

Any of the WPIAL title games because they're so special. You work all those weeks and all those months with your team.

How will the college transition be a change for you?

Definitely a lot more up-tempo practices and getting the time-management down is going to be a little tough. Other than that, just the competition level at the Division I level is a lot different than playing high school basketball. Hopefully, when I get there, I can produce and make a name for myself.

What do you like most about Virginia Tech's campus?

Probably the food court. I think they're ranked No. 1 in on-campus food. They have lobster and steak and all that in their food court. That's pretty sweet.

Are there any sports items you'll probably keep forever?

I still have the football I caught my (WPIAL) receptions and yards records with. I'll probably always keep that and my helmet, as well. I'm trying to get my basketball jersey.

What advice would you give to freshman you?

Probably just to work harder as a freshman. I was always more athletic than most other people in my class. Get in the gym more, work harder and perfect your game. As a freshman, I wasn't as dedicated as I was sophomore, junior and senior year.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Hopewell · senior · volleyball/basketball/track & Field

Few could match the accomplishments of Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who holds WPIAL gold medals in three sports.

But few match her expectations, either.

“I accomplished a lot, but I definitely wanted to accomplish even more,” she said. “There are some things I didn't do that I wanted, but overall it was a pretty good four years.”

Most would call them great.

Walker-Kimbrough owns a WPIAL volleyball title, a WPIAL basketball title, three individual track championships and a basketball scholarship to Maryland.

As a senior, the three-sport star again was outstanding, earning her the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Female Athlete of the Year honor for a second time.

Walker-Kimbrough was an all-state middle hitter last fall. In the winter, she was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 28.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.8 steals and 4.5 blocks.

And in the spring, she won the long jump (19-234) and triple jump (37-1134) at the WPIAL Class AAA championship.

What was your proudest moment?

Probably our WPIAL championships for volleyball and basketball — both. I had been playing with those girls for so long. When we were younger, we'd always wanted to do that, and we finally did it. To share that moment with all those people meant something.

What was your toughest moment?

Any of the games that ended my basketball seasons. This year when we lost to South Park, I left my uniform on until like four in the morning. I wouldn't take it off. That was pretty hard.

How have you transitioned to college basketball life?

Really good. I've already been here a couple weeks. I was just telling my mom that I didn't realize how much track had helped me overall. It has helped so much in the weight room. We'll try new things (at Maryland) that I had already been doing. Things that would take some people three weeks to learn, I already knew.

What do you like most about Maryland's campus?

We have an all-access card to the Comcast Center where we play, so we can go into the gym any time and any day. Sometimes at night I'll be sitting home and be in the mood to shoot, so this will help.

Will you miss playing other sports?

When I watch the volleyball team, sometimes I just want to jump in. Not for the whole three months, but just once.

Are there any sports items you'll probably keep forever?

There's a long poster with our pictures from when we won the WPIAL basketball championship. My mom framed that and it's hanging in the living room.

What advice would you give to freshman you?

When I was younger, I rarely worked hard ever. I just tried to use my athleticism, but that caught up to me. My uncle used to tell me: “You're working hard, but there's always someone out there who's working even harder.” I started working harder because I don't like to be outworked.

Top storylines

The top 12 tales told by the Tribune-Review during the 2012-13 school year:

11.17.12

The WPIAL completes a sweep at the PIAA girls soccer championships as Peters Township wins its third straight PIAA title in Class AAA while Moon wins the Class AA championship and Greensburg Central Catholic captures the Class A crown.

12.14.12

Seniors on the Clairton football team cement their legacy by winning a fourth straight PIAA Class A title and extending their nation-best winning streak to 63 games with a 20-0 victory over Dunmore at Hersheypark Stadium.

1.23.13

George Smith, who coached the McKeesport football team for 28 years before resigning three years ago, is rehired to lead the Tigers. Smith, 63, who won 197 games and two WPIAL and PIAA titles, is one of 22 new football coaches hired in the offseason.

1.20.13

Two of the WPIAL's most recognizable football coaches decide to move on from their positions on the same day, when longtime North Hills coach Jack McCurry retires after 35 seasons, and Gateway's Terry Smith takes an assistant coaching position at Temple.

2.6.13

Two of the nation's top high school football prospects — Clairton's Tyler Boyd and Central Valley's Robert Foster — sign letters of intent. Boyd sticks to his verbal commitment to Pitt after considering other offers, while Foster chooses Alabama over the Panthers. In all, 19 WPIAL players sign with FBS schools.

3.1.13

For a second straight season, the New Castle boys basketball team wins a WPIAL championship with an undefeated record. The Red Hurricanes, who won the Class AAA title in 2011-12, defeat Hampton, 68-53, to win the Class AAAA title this year.

3.8.13

Seven wrestlers from the WPIAL claim PIAA Class AAA individual championships, including Connor Schram (126), Solomon Chishko (145) and Cody Wiercioch (170), who lead Canon-McMillan to its third straight team title.

3.16.13

Oakland Catholic swimmer Leah Smith, a Virginia recruit, upsets two-time defending champ Meaghan Raab of Hershey to win the PIAA 200 freestyle title and then breaks her own record in the 500 freestyle to win another title. Mars' Margaret Gruber, a Virginia Tech recruit, wins her fourth PIAA 100 butterfly title.

3.21.13

Bishop Canevin girls basketball claims its first PIAA championship by defeating York Catholic, 45-38, but it was a pair of wins earlier in the postseason that made headlines. The Crusaders ended an eight-game losing streak to rival Seton-La Salle with a victory in the WPIAL title game and then topped the Rebels again in the PIAA semifinals.

5.22.13

Vincentian football coach Tim Storino, who was punished for recruiting grade school players, has his WPIAL-issued suspension upheld by the PIAA at an appeals hearing. In another high-profile hearing, the PIAA reverses a WPIAL decision and rules Lincoln Park basketball player Elijah Minnie, a transfer from Monessen, eligible.

5.24.13

Led by a gold medal in the 400-meter relay and six other top-six medalists, the Hempfield girls track team wins the PIAA Class AAA title in Shippensburg. Later, Ron Colland is named the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Girls Coach of the Year.

5.29.13

The North Allegheny baseball team wins a WPIAL championship, becoming the school's eighth team to claim a district title for the 2012-13 school year. NA also won district titles in football, boys cross country, hockey, boys swimming, girls swimming, boys track and field and boys volleyball.

— Staff reports

Parade of champions

State winners from the WPIAL during the 2012-13 school year.

Boys basketball

Beaver Falls (AA)

Girls basketball

South Park (AAA)

Bishop Canevin (AA)

Boys bowling

Brendan Schink, Wilson

Christian Academy (individual)

Girls bowling

Butler

Justyne Falbo, Hempfield (individual)

Football

North Allegheny (AAAA)

Clairton (A)

Girls Golf

Central Valley (AA)

Gymnastics

Moon (Gold)

Kelly Burak, Hopewell (Diamond)

Leah Hogle, Moon (Gold)

Erica Chuong, Upper St. Clair (Silver)

Hockey

North Allegheny (AAA)

Latrobe (AA)

Rifle

Hempfield (AAA)

Boys soccer

Upper St. Clair (AAA)

Girls soccer

Greensburg Central Catholic (A)

Moon (AA)

Peters Township (AAA)

Softball

Canon-McMillan (AAAA)

Spirit

Butler (small varsity)

Boys swimming/diving

Zachary Buerger, North Allegheny (AAA, 500 freestyle, IM)

Peter Conzola, Freedom (AAA, 100 backstroke)

Drew Damich, Chartiers Valley (AA, 500, 200 freestyle)

Dominic Giordano, Pine-Richland (AAA, diving)

Girls swimming/diving

Margaret Gruber, Mars (AA, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly)

Maria Lohman, Chartiers Valley (AAA, diving)

Stelter McKenzie, Mohawk (AA, diving)

Leah Smith, Oakland Catholic (AAA, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle)

Girls tennis

Peters Township (AAA)

Sara Komer/Abby Cummings, Peters Township (AAA doubles)

Boys track and field

Gateway (AAA, 400 relay)

Ethan Martin, Fox Chapel (AAA, 3,200)

Julius Rivera, Gateway (AAA, 100)

Tyler Murphy, Riverview (AA, 300 hurdles)

Girls track and field

Hempfield (AAA, 400 relay)

Brooke Mancuso, North Allegheny (AAA, pole vault)

Brianna Schwartz, Shaler (AAA, 1,600)

Kailyn Clancy, California (AA, shot put)

Emily Lelis, Springdale (AA, 300 hurdles)

Jenna Lucas, Fort Cherry (AA, javelin)

Alyssa Wise, Washington (AA, 100, 200)

Boys volleyball

North Allegheny (AAA)

Wrestling

Canon-McMillan (AAA)

Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (AAA, 106)

Sam Krivus, Hempfield (AAA, 120)

Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (AAA, 126)

Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (AAA, 132)

Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan (AAA, 145)

Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan (AAA, 170)

Jacob Hart, Hampton (AAA, 195)

George Phillippi, Derry (AA, 113)

Jason Nolf, Kittanning (AA, 132)

Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (AA, 182)

 

 

 
 


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